The authorities in Daghestan’s capital, Makhachkala, are to begin demolishing illegally constructed apartment buildings in the city, according to acting mayor Abusupyan Gasanov. At a meeting on 9 July, the mayor said a special commission would be set up to determine which of the buildings are dangerous.
Tbilisi and its inhabitants are accustomed to major renovations at election times — a ‘tradition’ for politicians and city administrations. Such timely expressions of care for the city started under the United National Movement and have continued with Georgian Dream. [Read more…]
Chechnya, like many other modern-day republics of the Russian Federation, has experienced desolation of highland villages and an outflow of people, mostly young people, to the cities in the plains. People commonly say that they leave their ancestral villages in search of a ‘better life’. In fact, the reality often falls short of the migrants’ expectations, because even the largest city with its shiny skyscrapers often can’t give them what they’re looking for.